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Professional Development Offerings

Top 3 Tips for Research Efficiency

with Cathy Meals, Reference & Assessment Librarian, Learning Resources Division

Friday, February 2nd at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | CLICK HERE to register

Why You Should Use OER and OA

with Tricia Clarke, Engagement Librarian, Community College

Friday, February 9th at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | CLICK HERE to register

UDC iLearn Series: Getting Started with Mac (Part 2)

with CAL Team

Tuesday, February 13th at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | CLICK HERE to register

EdTech: Enhancing Learning with Hypothesis JSTOR Integration

with Christie DeCarolis, Customer Success Manager, Hypothesis

Thursday, February 15th at 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. | CLICK HERE

to register 

Get to Know ICPSR (Social Science Research Data)

with Meghan Kowalski, Outreach and Reference Librarian

Friday, February 16th at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | CLICK HERE to register

Open Pedagogy

with Cathy Meals, Reference & Assessment Librarian, LRD

Friday, February 23rd at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | CLICK HERE to register


First QM-Recognized Course

for the School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA)

Yolandra Plummer, Ph.D.

Professor, SBPA

Dr. Plummer, Faculty Fellow for 2022-2023, worked on the redesign and certification of her course BMGT 306 - Human Resources Management. The greatest enhancement for my course was ensuring that the assessments, learning activities and rubrics were clearly aligned with the module learning objectives. The seventh edition of the Quality Matters rubric places greater emphasis on courses being warm and welcoming. Click here to read the full reflection. 

To read more about the UDC Quality Distance Learning initiative and participate, Click here.

UDC's One Button Studios

Now Span Two Campuses!!

In January 2022, UDC launched One Button Studios at Van Ness campus, offering a user-friendly solution for video creation and editing. Due to high demand, they're now accessible at the UDC Community College’s Lamond-Riggs and Workforce Development & Lifelong Learning (WDLL) campuses as well, enhancing accessibility across UDC's campuses.


Join us for a live session from three UDC One Button Studios featuring:


Madeline Levy Cruz, Associate Dean, WDLL Campus

Dr. Peter Michael Plourde, Office of Academic Affairs, UDC-CC Lamond-Riggs Campus

Pat Kittrell, Information Technology Specialist & Blackboard Administrator, CAL, Van Ness campus

Thursday, February 22nd at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | CLICK HERE

 to register 

Step into History with VR! 

 MLK: Now Is the Time

Explore Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech and its relevance today. Immerse yourself in modern interpretations of historic events, fostering a new generation of activists.

Reserve your VR headset for this unforgettable trip into history.

Thursday, February 8th at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | CLICK HERE

to register

AI (Artificial Intelligence) Faculty

Learning Community

As AI advances rapidly, it's crucial to stay ahead of the curve. Join UDC educators and staff for engaging discussions on how AI can transform education. Our Faculty Learning Community (FLC) focuses on the impact of AI in education and showcases AI tools and how faculty members use them within their disciplines.

Join us in exploring the exciting and challenging world of AI in education and shaping its future.

 Meetings recur every 2nd Friday. To join, click here.

Faculty Spotlight

OneUDC, One Program

Collaborating for Greater Impact

Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)

College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)

Tiffany Gurley-

Nettles, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Carmen Ana Ramos- Pizarro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Natalie A. Ottey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Tiffany C. Gurley-Nettles, Dr. Natalie A. Ottey, and Dr. Carmen Ana Ramos-Pizarro are dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through innovative methods and technology integration, not only within their courses but throughout the Speech-Language Pathology curriculum. As Dr. Gurley-Nettles emphasizes, Through immersive technology, we aim to expand the horizons of education and empower our students to think innovatively, not just as learners but as practitioners, fostering a mindset of innovation.“ Dr. Ramos-Pizarro adds, “By integrating immersive technologies and VR, we aim to create a dynamic learning environment that equips our students with not only theoretical knowledge but also essential soft skills for their future clinical practices, fostering a new dimension in education.“ Dr. Ottey highlights, “By introducing 3D Organon and shifting towards an interactive learning approach, we've witnessed a remarkable transformation in student engagement, performance, and understanding. This experience underscores the immense potential of innovative tools in enhancing traditional curricula.

Special thanks to Dr. Richard Kalunga, Academic Coordinator and Assistant Professor in SLP, for leading the integration efforts.

Faculty Spotlight is for individuals who have worked closely with CAL to significantly contribute to teaching and learning

at the University.

💡 EdTech Corner

The EAC Guru!

EAC - Blackboard Ultra Reporting Tool for Rubrics

and Test Questions

Grace Kent, M.A.

Instructional Designer and Outcomes Assessment Coordinator

Center for the Advancement of Learning (CAL)

Grace Kent, EAC Guru, is captivated by the EAC tool in Blackboard Ultra. She explains, “Since I was introduced to EAC, I've been fascinated by its potential to assist faculty in analyzing their current rubrics and test questions.“ EAC empowers instructors to visualize student outcomes and trends with reports based on rubrics and test questions. To learn more and schedule a meeting during office hours with Ms. Kent, click here or reach out via email at [email protected].

For resources on EAC, click here.

EdTech Corner Submissions:

Share with the UDC Community your best practices and how you leverage EdTech in your teaching to increase learning outcomes.

To submit for EdTech corner post